Billionaire Richard Branson has revealed he nearly died after a high-speed crash.Branson was cycling on Virgin Gorda this week as part of his training for the Virgin Strive Challenge when he nearly died. He said: “I was heading down a hill towards Leverick Bay when it suddenly got really dark and I managed to hit a ‘sleeping policeman’ hump in the road head on.
“The next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes. I really thought I was going to die. I was flying head first towards the concrete road, but fortunately my shoulder and cheek took the brunt.”
He was cycling with his two grown up children – Holly and Sam – at the time. Branson added: “The first person to arrive on the scene was my assistant Helen, who had just returned from holiday. She was wondering who was lying prostrate on the road.”Branson was rushed to Miami for X-rays and scans where it was revealed he had suffered a crack cheek and some torn ligaments. He joked: “My biggest hardship is having to drink tea out of a straw.